Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jeruk Madu Pak Ali @ Penang

For the last day of our visit,  we stopped over at Pak Ali factory. FYI, Pak Ali Jeruk Madu is well known among local Malay. The current CEO of Pak Ali Jeruk is Alias bin Ali. He has been in marketing, catering, food and beverage industry for 20 years.

Jeruk madu= honey pickle

The founder is Ali Omar, or we called him Pak Ali. In the early day back to 1985, Pak Ali started off his business in small scale, helped only by his wife and family member. 

In 2009, Pak Ali set up his first factory in Lot 420, Perda Tasek, Simpang Ampat with 7000 square feet. By that time, he only had 6 workers but monthly production of pickle achieved 10 tonnes. With all the hard works, he had 85 trained workers in July 2014 with monthly production of 120 tonnes in current factory covering 54,131 square feet.


After a brief introduction of the founder and the business,  we were given permission to visit the factory's production.


The first section is the store for finished product. They put the pickles in a big plastic bag before putting in the white bucket. 


pile up of white sugars
Next, we headed over to the workers' changing room to get into the wet area/ processing plant.



The only area where you saw all the women sitting down to peel and cut the fruits. The process of peeling and cutting up the fruits according to size requires 35 people daily. They each have to cut at least 150kg of fruits a day.


Lot 652-655, Kawasan Perindustrian IKS Perda-Tasek,
14120, Simpang Ampat, Seberang Perai Selatan,
Pulau Pinang.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Penang Jawi Peranakan Heritage Cuisine @ Jawi House, Penang

Jawi House is located along a historical road, formerly called 'Malay Lane', in Georgetown. The early Muslim communities here were Orang Tanjung (people of the promontory) or Jawi Peranakan (locally born Malay Muslim). Peranakan means locally born or indigenous in Malay and refers to the offspring of Indian, Arab, Turkish and Persian migrants who married local Malay women. Jawi is a term used by Arabs to mean 'Muslims of Southeast Asia' n particular Malays who used the Jawi Arabised script, since the 11th to the present century.

Jawi House is restored according to UNESCO world heritage city guideline by Intersocietal and Scientific (INAS) and launched by TYT Tun Tan Sri (Dr) Hj Abdul Rahman bin Hj Abdul Abbas, Governor of Penang on June 9, 2013. The building is owned by an Indian Muslim brass and coppersmith before it was brought by the Al Iman society. It is a traditional Southern Chinese house with an eclectic Penang Peranakan Muslim interior.


Jawi House demonstrated the cooking method of lemuni rice during the visit.


Herbal Lemuni rice (Vitex Trifolia), is long grain basmati rice cooked in coconut milk, onions, garlic, ginger, lemon grass and tualang or telang flowers (clitoria ternetea), served with chicken curry, egg, cucumber, fried anchovies, sambal or chilli paste. It is a traditional postpartum or confinement food for Malay women to improve blood circulation, replenish iron in blood after delivery and increase energy. Lemuni is also an ancient 1000 years old Ayurvedic alternatives medicine for enhancing blood flow, asthma, joint pains and normalising digestive systems.


Jawi House specialises in Peranakan Muslim heritage cuisine, reminiscent of hybrid Muslim communities which occupied this early Muslim enclave more than 200 years ago, before British occupation in 1786.


That's the authentic Lemuni rice. (The picture is taken by my friend). I have been told the herbal lemuni rice is not found anywhere else other than here. It costs RM16 per dish.


That's my lemuni does not look appetizing as picture above...difference between professional and non-professional. xoxo

Operation time:
everyday except Tuesdays from 11:00am to 10:00pm. Last Order is at 9:00pm

85, Armenian Street,
10200 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

David Brown Restaurant @ Penang Hill

David Brown's at Strawberry Hill, a quintessential British colonial Restaurant and Tea Terraces is a hidden gem at Penang Hill. 

David Brown's now stands was believed to have been originally leveled by Captain Francis Light for planting strawberries which grew well here until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1941.

Amidst the lush greenery, this 'hill upon a hill' restaurant standing on Strawberry Hill provides the perfect setting for meaningful memories - whether it is wedding, lifestyle parties or just chilling out with loved ones and friends.

David Brown’s offers a view of almost every significant landmark in the Penang island. 


The well-manicured garden with iconic lily pond sets the scene for al fresco dinning for 50 guests or more.

The interior of the restaurant is thoughtfully furnished with comfortable old world furnishing of a past elegance and can accommodate 40 guests.

Besides authentic heritage ambience, David Brown provides fine British cooking and a selection of Penang Specialties.   



There is a variety of hors d'oeuvres, steaks and chops, fresh puddings and pies and traditional roasts in the menu, which also offers a vegetarian selection.

Recommended to come in the late evening so that you can enjoy the view before and after sunset ^^


For reservations, call:

David Brown’s Restaurant and Tea Terraces
Strawberry Hill, Penang Hill
Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 04-828 8337
Fax: 04-826 6337
Opens: 9am to 9pm daily

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Penang Hill

The local well known Penang Hill is located within the area called Air Itam which is 6km away from the city. Situated about 823 meters (2750 feet) above sea level, this oldest hill resort and the first in Malaysia has cool, unpolluted air and historical feature. It's original name was Flagstaff Hill known by the British, back in the old days of Penang , when a flag fluttering from a flagpole at Bel Retiro, the home of the Governor of Penang at that time, was used as a signal transmitter.

Besides taxi, tourists now can take the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off bus with the city route to Penang Hill.

Penang Hill is one of the oldest colonial hill station established by the British during their time in Malaysia. Explored in the late 18th century, a horse trail was cut by the Waterfall Gardens (present day Penang Botanic Gardens) to the summit of the hilly spine of Penang, allowing the British to escape from the chaos of George Town to the cooler climate on the hill. 

From the foot of the hill, one can see the slanting railway up to the hill.

That's the map of Penang Hill. I have marked with hashtag for those places I visited.


For disabled person, they will be free of charged for the ticket fee nevertheless they must show their OKU card upon entry.




Penang Hill comprises several hills including Strawberry Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Government Hill , Tiger Hill,and Western Hill. The highest point of this range is at Western Hill, with an elevation of 833m (2,723ft )above sea level. The range also serves as the largest water catchment area on the island, and a number of tributaries to major rivers in Penang.

I have not been here for a number of years. A lot of things have changed.  The addition of the Lover Bridge does surprises me!Don't you find this love note cute?

The earliest mode of transport to the hill was via horses, or a system called ‘doolies’, where masters were carried up the hill on special sedan chairs. To further explore the potential of the hill, systems of bridle paths were cut by Indian penal servitude prisoners for the establishment of more bungalows on the hill.

The first generation of the train is displayed at the pavillion of Penang Hill

The Penang Hill Funicular Railway was the second mode of transport established for access to the summit. The first railway was constructed in 1901 and completed in 1905 but was rendered useless, due to technical faults. A second railway was commissioned in 1909, and works for the second line started in 1914 with a budget of 1.5 million Straits Dollars. On 1st January 1924, the 2,007m long funicular railway was officially opened by then Governor of Straits Settlement, Sir L.N.Guillemard. The last upgrade was in 1977, before a complete overhaul of the system in 2010.


In case you are tired of walking, you can still get a buggy ride which cost RM30 (25 mins) -RM60 (45 mins) depends on the route.



Haliburton Hill is named after the former sheriff of Penang and its first owner, William Halliburton. The hill is a site of bungalow, Bellevue, now called The Penang Hill Hotel. The house was probably the one of the first permanent stone buildings to be erected on Penang Hill.  


Since it became hotel some years ago, a double storey frontage has been added as well as a fascinating garden and a aviary full of exotic birds.


Penang Hill stands prominently from the lowlands as a hilly and forested area. Some places you could visit at Penang Hill includes the mosque and Murugan temple as well as Guard House.  

Murugan tenple

Guard House

I'm not sure what is the Guard House for as no signboard explaining that or even any website description is found. Public can only take pictures outside since no entry is allowed. A bit disappointed for a curious babe like me...

How To Get There
604-8288880, 604-8288839, 604-8288861
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